Suicidal pilot crashes plane into the clubhouse in an attempt to kill wife & friends
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, A2-MBM, impacted the ATC tower and clubhouse at the Matsieng Aerodrome, Botswana. The pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft was killed.
Earlier in the afternoon, the pilot was an uninvited guest at a private function that was held at the Matsieng Flying Club facility at Matsieng Aerodrome.
In a statement, the Matsieng Flying Club reported that it was rumored that the pilot was involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the afternoon.
At approximately 18:15 UTC (20:15 LT) the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and made a number of low-level flypasts from different directions past the Club facilities next to the Air Traffic Control tower. An immediate evacuation of the club premises was ordered.
The final extreme low level run by the aircraft along runway 36 resulted in an impact with the Matsieng Flying Club facility at ground level. The Club facility and Matsieng ATC tower were destroyed on impact. The post impact fire destroyed 13 parked vehicles.
Charl Viljoen is believed to have become homicidal after a heated argument, but people were evacuated before he could kill them.
The pilot who killed himself in an alleged emotional suicide run outside Botswana on Saturday evening has provisionally been identified as South African pilot Charl Viljoen, who was originally from Olifantshoek in the Northern Cape.
He and his wife had reportedly been living and working in Botswana for 10 years.
Reports of the astonishing kamikaze-like airplane crash in the Rasesa area of Gaborone in Botswana broke internationally on Sunday morning, with the Matsieng Flying Club releasing a statement about the tragedy early on Sunday afternoon.
They confirmed that at about 6.20pm on Saturday, a 2016 Beechcraft KingAir B200 aircraft A2-MBM was involved in a “ground impact incident” resulting in the death of the pilot and the destruction of infrastructure at Matsieng Aerodrome in Botswana.
“Earlier in the afternoon the deceased pilot was an uninvited guest at a private function that was held at the Matsieng Flying Club facility at Matsieng Aerodrome. It is rumoured that the pilot was involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the afternoon,” according to the club’s spokesperson, Mark Mansfield.
“At about 6.15pm. the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and made a number of low-level fly-pasts from different directions past the club facilities next to the Air Traffic Control tower.
“Matsieng Flying Club members sensed that the pilot might have had an ulterior motive at the time and ordered an immediate evacuation of the club premises by the approximately 50 attendees.
“The final extreme low-level run by the aircraft along runway 36 resulted in an impact with the Matsieng Flying Club facility at ground level. The Club facility and Matsieng ATC tower was destroyed on impact. The post-impact fire destroyed 13 parked vehicles.”
Mansfield said there was fortunately no serious injury to anyone in the vicinity of the accident scene.
“The emergency services of the Kgatleng District Council were on the scene within minutes to attend to the post-impact fire and distress. These response actions are to be commended. It is believed that the pilot had no permission to fly the aircraft involved.”
Below is footage of the plane moments before the crash (WARNING: All video footage below contains instances of strong language).